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December 1st is World AIDS Day.

November 27, 2006

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Friday December 1st is World AIDS Day. There are tons of statistics which can be kind of numbing. Most are so big that its hard to get your mind around them. But one that I think you can imagine is that EVERY Day 6000 children lose a parent to AIDS. Of the 15.2 Million children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS less than 1 out of 10 receive any help from Governments, churches or charities. They are 4 times more likely to die.

Knowledge is not enough. What will you do?

Below is some info from World Visionon 5 things you can do. We are (led by Kim) collecting caregiver boxes to send to help those who care for those with AIDS. It only costs you about 20 dollars and a little time and does help. You can go Here to read about caregiver boxes.

World AIDS Day: 5 Things You Can Do
The Challenge of AIDS, Laid at the Feet of the Church
November 2006


Two-month-old Innocent drinks a bottle of milk given to him by caregiver Seddie, while his mother Vere, 27, lies ill behind him. World Vision is assisting HIV sufferers like Vere by resourcing and training caregivers and providing supplies, and caring for children orphaned or made vulnerable by AIDS. Vere passed away two weeks after this photo was taken by Andrea Dearborn.

Every 14 seconds, a child loses a parent to AIDS. This is a challenge laid at the feet of each and every person on the planet who considers compassion a virtue, and particularly to those who believe there is a God who cares for and identifies with those who suffer in silence.

The clock is ticking. We must do what we can today to start building a better world for children, to do all we can to put their needs first. AIDS is devastating families and communities around the world, and children are suffering the most. We urge you to consider carefully the following practical ideas for putting your faith into action.

1. Pray!

It all starts here, because the One to whom we pray is truly the only One who has the power, ultimately, to bring this crisis to an end. Pray for the tens of millions of children whose lives have been affected by AIDS. Ask God to show you what you can do. Pray that our leaders will make decisions that put children first. Join World Vision’s Hope Prayer Chain to keep informed about ways you can pray intelligently.

2. Learn more about AIDS.

Take the World Vision AIDS Test to gauge your knowledge of HIV fact and fiction. If your score isn’t yet perfect, you can study up on our Hope Initiative Web site. Then send the test to five of your friends.

Visit the World Vision AIDS Experience when it arrives in a city near you. On this World AIDS Day, December 1, it will be in New York, Seattle and Charlotte, NC. You can also take a virtual tour online.

Visit someone who is affected by AIDS. Ask how it has changed his or her life.

3. Get involved.

Join with your church or another group to assemble Caregiver Kits. World Vision aims to collect 20,000 kits by World AIDS Day. The kits are full of supplies that can improve or prolong the lives of those living with AIDS, while protecting caregivers from infection.

Students at nearly 100 Christian campuses are already involved in the battle, through the group Acting on AIDS. Consider starting a chapter at your college.

Pastors and church leaders have an opportunity to get to know their counterparts in AIDS-affected communities through our C2C program for churches.

Through Team World Vision, join or form a World Vision AIDS Walk for orphans. Several are planned, including events in Chicago, and in California at Monterey Bay and in Orange County.

4. Give generously, and encourage others to follow your example.

World Vision’s HopeChild sponsorship offers a way you can help a child orphaned or made vulnerable by AIDS, while also mobilizing an entire community to prevent HIV and care for the afflicted.

Host a Global Dinner event, inviting friends to learn about the people and foods of an AIDS-affected country, and providing the opportunity to sponsor a HopeChild.

Donate to World Vision’s Orphans and Widows Fund to help where most needed.

5. Advocate for our leaders to put children first.

World Vision is asking the Bush Administration to allocate at least $5 billion to the global fight against AIDS in fiscal 2008, with at least 10 percent for programs directly helping orphans and vulnerable children.

You can make your mark for children by adding your name or “orange thumbprint” to one of the petitions at World Vision events. You can also go online to add your virtual signature to a petition.

Do you have any other great ideas about how to use the resources God has given you to help children and their families win the battle against AIDS? Visit our blog and drop us a note to let us and our readers know about it!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2006 3:51 pm

    Thanks for the info, T. Can I send you some money to add to the collection? I don’t think I’m up to doing a kit myself, but will be happy to send you some money if y’all want to do some more. If that’s okay, email me your mailing address.

    Thanks! Dee

  2. November 28, 2006 10:48 am

    Great information. Thanks for sharing.

    That Kim, she is such a jewel!

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